Identity fraud is a huge and growing national scourge. For the first time in its 18-years studying this topic, Javelin Strategy & Research broadened its focus from traditional identity fraud to also include identify fraud perpetrated by consumer-focused scams. What the 2021 study found is unsettling. While traditional identity fraud (hacked systems, for example) stood at $13 billion in 2020, identity fraud through scams was a jaw-dropping $43 billion.

While adults age 50+ are in some ways faring better than other generations in avoiding identity theft and fraud, they bear higher losses when they do experience this crime. But we all have the power to protect ourselves. Join the AARP Fraud Watch Network’s Kathy Stokes and special guest John Buzzard, lead fraud and security analyst at Javelin Strategy & Research, to discuss:

  • Common personas criminals use to manipulate outcomes
  • Signs that a loved one may be a potential identity fraud victim
  • Ways to stay safe from identity fraud.


John Buzzard
Fraud & Security Analyst
Javelin Strategy & Research

Kathy Stokes
Director, Fraud Prevention Programs
AARP Fraud Watch Network